Spotted Bear Bistro in Tofino BC on Vancouver Island

The Spotted Bear Bistro's owner and Chef Vince prepared a tasting menu for us from his new summer menu. We love tasting menus as we get to sample multiple dishes without overeating.

Alison brought our first course, a local Morel Soup with house smoked bacon, scallions and truffle oil. The soup had a rich velvety texture with a mild bacon meatiness and taste galore. It was bowl-licking good!

For the second course we were treated to a fillet of local pan-seared Halibut served on Panzanella Salad, with roasted cherry tomatoes and Kalamata olive tapenade. The halibut was cooked perfectly, fresh and flaky the way we like it.

Then plates of roasted local Duck Breast arrived, with house smoked bacon, leeks, fingerling potatoes, and a port wine reduction which added a sweet fruity complement to the rich duck breast. We didn't leave a morsel!

To finish we enjoyed Berry Blast, a blackberry sorbet with a port wine/cinnamon reduction. Now we were truly sated, and a decaf coffee went down well as a chaser. The Spotted Bear has an extensive wine list featuring local and imported wines, as well as a number of cocktails and beers.

We hope we have your attention by now as everything in this meal was an explosion of flavours that left a wonderful after-taste. Chef Vincent has raised the bar on gourmet food in Tofino and certainly sets a standard for customer service as well. We keenly watched other meals flow across the enormous cedar plank bar as the restaurant filled. They all looked and smelled delicious. We recommend you give the Spotted Bear your attention when you visit Tofino. You will be glad you did. Visit our Facebook page for more pictures and information.


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